Chris Molinsky has been named the head varsity coach for Carroll High&rsquo;s boys basketball team. Molinsky has served as the freshman coach for the past three seasons.<span style="font-size: xx-small;"><em>&nbsp; Daily Times Herald photo by Jeff Storjohann</em></span>
Chris Molinsky has been named the head varsity coach for Carroll High’s boys basketball team. Molinsky has served as the freshman coach for the past three seasons.  Daily Times Herald photo by Jeff Storjohann
Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Carroll School Board on Wednesday voted to approve a one-year contract for Chris Molinsky to serve as Carroll High School’s interim varsity boys’ basketball coach for the 2012-13 school year.

Molinsky had been varsity boys’ assistant coach. His salary will be $4,655 for the year.

Molinsky will fill the position vacated by the departure of Craig Douma, who has been hired as men’s head basketball coach at Central College in Pella.

Douma’s resignation shortly before the start of the school year left the Carroll Community School District in a dilemma on proceeding to fill that position.

Superintendent Rob Cordes said he believes there will be more applicants for the job if the district waits to open up the position later in the year.

“I don’t like making decisions under the gun like this,” Cordes said.

He said he didn’t want to make a quick decision on someone who could potentially head the basketball program for several years.

Board members Jerry Fleshner, Dennis Molitor and president Kim Tiefenthaler attended the meeting, and all voted for the recommendation. Board members LaVern Dirkx and Dan Tiefenthaler were not present.

Douma has coached at Carroll High the last six years after spending the previous nine years at South O’Brien High School in Paullina. At Carroll, his teams posted a 123-32 record, qualified for state tournaments in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and advanced to substate five times. CHS won Raccoon River Conference championships in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Molinsky, who works full time at Farner-Bocken Co. in Carroll, has been part of the Carroll Community Schools’ basketball program 17 years, coaching the freshman boys’ team the last three seasons after coaching at the middle-school level.

In other personnel action connected to Douma’s departure, Chelsea Bissen, a 2011 graduate of Buena Vista University, will fill his position as high school business teacher.

Bissen has her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in Communication Design.

She is licensed to teach business in grades 5 through 12.

She was hired at $28,700.

Approval of her hiring is contingent upon searches from the Department of Human Services and Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation.

Matt Hansen was hired as ninth-grade girls’ basketball coach. He has two years of coaching experience.